Young Serbian cinema prepares for an ACID TRIP at Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- The ACID is opening a new slot in its programme on the Croisette, featuring a carte blanche for a foreign independent filmmakers’ association
As an integral part of its programme at Cannes from 18-27 May, the ACID (Association for Independent Film Distribution) will be inaugurating a carte blanche comprising three screenings. Dubbed ACID TRIP, it is being offered to a foreign independent filmmakers’ association involved in the areas of the distribution of cinematic works and audience education.
Young Serbian cinema and the Bande à part association will be the first to benefit from this new programming slot on 19, 20 and 21 May, with a menu including a number of shorts and two feature films: one fiction title (Requiem for Mrs. J. [+see also:
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In 2015, the ACID kicked off a partnership with the Auteur Film Festival in Belgrade, whose programme has been curated since 2010 by a group of young filmmakers, such as Vladimir Perisic, Srdan Golubovic, Stefan Arsenijevic, Oleg Novkovic, Srdjan Koljevic, Nikola Lezaic, Maja Milos and Stefan Ivancic. Thanks to this partnership and the actions undertaken by the Institut Français in Serbia, a plethora of ACID films have been programmed and purchased in the country. Plus, the very first French-Serbian Meetings centred on the production and distribution of independent films were organised last November.
For several years now, many filmmakers from all around the world have begun to tackle the challenges concerning the circulation of independent films and audience education. And for its part, the ACID has set up a number of partnerships over the years with countries such as Argentina, Belgium, Spain, Egypt and Portugal.
Lastly, we should remind readers that the selection of the nine features on the main ACID programme at Cannes is due to be unveiled on 25 April.
(Translated from French)